This is the moment a vehicle lining up for a COVID-19 drive-thru test was overtaken by a turtle.
The video was recorded on Wednesday, December 29 at the Florida Atlantic University testing center in Boca Raton, Florida.
Cory Safra, who captured the amusing footage, can be heard saying: ‘You know the COVID line is moving slow when the turtle is passing you.’
Corey Safra was overtaken by a turtle while he lined up for a drive-thru COVID-19 test in Boca Raton, Florida, as Omicron sweeps the nation, putting unprecedented demand on testing centers
According to Mr Safra, his wait dragged on for a four hours.
A record 46,923 new COVID cases were reported in Florida on Wednesday.
The video is emblematic of a nationwide problem, as the Biden administration comes under mounting pressure to provide more testing capacity, with many people having to wait hours for a COVID test.
Yesterday there were 301,472 new daily average cases reported in the US – the highest ever.
As the new Omicron variant sweeps the nation, demand on testing centers has reached record levels, with experts warning the virus will ‘threaten critical infrastructure’ in the US, forcing key workers into isolation and bringing hospitals, grocery stores and gas stations to their knees.
Americans are waiting in lines for hours in cities across the country to get their COVID test. Above is one of those lines, seen in Times Square on Wednesday
Despite Omicron being milder than previous variants the sheer scale of the numbers means that ‘there’s a big hole’ in terms of what the US can expect in terms of deaths, according to Michael Osterholm, director of the Center for Infectious Disease Research and Policy at the University of Minnesota.
Americans are waiting in droves to be tested for COVID in cities across the country, demanding Biden fulfill his promise to have 500 million COVID at-home tests available after announcing Wednesday that the contracts for the order won’t be finished until ‘late next week.’
The White House has emphasized officials are working on the problem over the holidays and pushed out the numbers behind their work.
Americans are still waiting hours in lines to be tested for COVID-19 as the Omicron variant sweeps the nation. Every US state is currently listed by the CDC as having a high level of community transmission of COVID, as seen in the above map
‘There are now 20,000 free testing sites across the U.S., four times as many at-home tests available to Americans than were available this summer, and free at-home tests are already being made available at key community sites, such as community health centers and rural clinics,’ the Department of Health and Human Services said.
Biden told reporters on Tuesday he spent the day working the phones and said his administration had made ‘a bit of progress’ in getting more COVID testing kits distributed but he did not offer details.